Afternoon update - We're now out EIGHT scholarships. 22 for next year's signing class, 77 total. That makes us the worst in the BCS. Good thing we have so much outstanding depth, isn't it?? Looks like Idaho took stupid pills too, as they are also out eight scholies. WONDERFUL.
We lamented last week's asleep-at-the-wheel deal with old Dobes and that pesky school and grades and such. Sir Brinkhater went over it at length, so give it a read if you want. But guess what? We aren't the only Pac-10 school faced with scholarship losses after all. It appears Arizona is also looking at some losses, and both Oregon and Oregon State appeared to be below the line in terms of an APR score of 925. Overall, USA Today ran a story in January that speculated 28 football teams and 70 basketball programs would be hit with scholarship losses.
Misery loves company I guess. Academics are going to be a new focus, not just with our lads but everywhere. The more programs lose scholarships, the more emphasis is going to be put on the classroom. If we didn't know before, we certainly know it's high on the list now!
More bad news. They are pushing for felony charges on Andy Roof. Not good. I know someone put some comments a few days ago that said there is another side to the story and Roof was basically provoked/attacked, and it was mainly self-defense. Still, felony charges are scary. Let's just hope for the best outcome here, whatever that might be.
Finally, some good news out of the NFL mini-camps. While only a small blurb, it was encouraging to hear that our own Michael Bumpus made a favorable impression with the Seahawks. Per Keith Gilbertson (yes, that Keith Gilbertson):
Of Bumpus, Gilbertson said: "You can tell he was very well-coached collegiately. He did a nice job, and we threw a lot of stuff at him."
Nice! We thought he was a good signing when it was announced after the draft, and while still a real long-shot as an UDFA, stranger things have happened. Go BUMP!
Enjoy your Tuesday!